Lighted Wand

So, I've had an idea I wanted to try and make but i have no experience with electronics and was hoping to do it all with hardware only, no software. The idea is this, I have a wand which has an LED strip (like a lightsaber, but a lot smaller) which connects to two buttons/switches. First button/switch if held down it will pulse/glow the LED at the base of the wand (charging up spell) and when you release it "shoots" up the LED strip (like you're firing a spell). Second switch just lights the LED at the tip of the wand, making it like a torch (LUMOS).Any ideas on how I could achieve such a feat? Point me in the right direction? I have knowledge on how to solder and such and have taken very basic electronics. Currently trying to make a lightsaber, hoping to get some experience so I can make my eventual goal, the wand. Most of the instructables I've seen so far have been very simple with a single LED at the end.Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you!!

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does somebody know how to make wand boxes?

I'd like to know if it is possible to make your own wand box, I found instructions on www.dadcando.com but my parents don't wand to pay the price to sign up, if you can just help me

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magic wand gimmick? Answered

I want to make a magic wand that gets hot enough at the tip to set flash paper aflame without the audience being able to tell it is any different from an ungimmicked wand.

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Harry Potter Wands

Does anyone think there could be a way to make a Harry Potter wand, or even a regular wand that shoots glitter? I think it would be really cool to cast a spell on someone, and then they unknowingly get pelted - err, showered with glitter! LOL. But yeah, so if anyone has any ideas or know how or made one before, I would really like to know! Thanks!(:

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Multi-color Wizard Wands Almost Ready for the Harry Potter Conference

Only a few hours before her floo powder flight to Harry Potter summer camp (Terminus), Christy is madly making Wizard Wands in an assortment of colors. Why pink? You'll have to ask her directly for those gory details.

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Dip Pen Wands

Hey guys and girls. I have been developing indestructible for a while and think some of the projects have had the potential to make cash but the dip pen wand stood out as something which really doesn't exist anywhere else. I wanted to learn more about kickstarter (the crowd funding platform) so decided to launch the project with the small goal of the cost of materials.  It has been doing really well so far. I wondered if anyone from the fantastic instructables community would like to check it out. If you like it it would help me out if you backed it or shared the project whilst its still running. and if you would like to know how to make your own dip pen wands then instructables is defiantly the place to be. .. Just a little while after the kickstarter has run.  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/world-of-woodcraft/dip-pen-and-wand-dippenwand-for-the-magic

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Taser/Shock wand from Car Antenna

I have an old ball-tipped car antenna lying around and I want to turn it into a shock-wand. Any ideas on how to do so? It's still has the hex and threading at the base. Any help is welcome.

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Real life Magic Wand for your TV

The coolest TV remote ever! The "World's First Magic Wand," can now be yours. This universal remote comes with a built-in accelerometer which allows it to perform "13 magical functions" with which to amaze your friends. In fact, it works with IR sensors to engage with almost any device that can be remote controlled. Too good to be true? Check out the Kymera Magic Wand's charmingly addictive website and order yours today! Supplies are limited, so don't delay.

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Wind-Up Charger For a UV-C Wand

Hi I have a UV-c wand which I acquired recently and instead of running it off mains or batteries I would like to make a wind-up charger for it (similar to the wind-up torches).  It would also be good learning for me as I am a novice at electronics and it doesn't seem like too hard of a project. The mains input for the wand is 6v DC, you can also use it with 4 AA batteries. Instead of having rechargeable batteries I was thinking of having the winding mechanism to charge a capacitor.  The UV light is rated at 4 watts and it would be great if I can get 3 minutes of use from 3 minutes of charging and even better if there was some sort of notification which would let me know when the capacitor was fully charged (like an led lighting up). Another way that I was thinking was that as you were winding, the light would be working at the same time, so instead of taking 6 minutes for the job it would take 3 minutes. Help and advice will be appreciated. Thanks

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Led Wand 30 w modes built for poi practice

Hello all you LED inventors I have a few questions for you....One of My Favorite LED toys ever is the Stobe FX LED wand(which they dont make anymore) they used to be ten bux each NOW they are like 75 a pair on EBAY....What I would like to do if possible is collaborate with some one that knows electronics and might beable to hel me recreate the effect but Modify it for durability...The wand has 30 mode and 2 buttons one turns it one and one changes the color 15 original modes but if you hold the CHANGE button it send orignal into slowest too fastest mode...I have some "dead" soliders that I can use for "POI" like to practice my FIRE arts.. Neighborly Yours Dave myspace.com/hrdcr4lf

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Which is better on wood? Polymer clay or Air Dry clay? Answered

I ws going make a wand out of wood, and I was making the handle out of clay. The problem with polymer clay is I can't use the oven, and the problem with air dry is I don't know if it will crack when it's dry. Which one???

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single lead capacitor

How can i make a single lead capacitor for this https://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Lightning-Wand-a-Handheld-Van-de-Graaff-Genera/

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Instructables Build Night and Show and Tell a Huge Success

The Instructables Build Night and Show and Tell was awesome! Tetranitrate set off a giant match, we made a whole bunch of Harry Potter wands, laser-etched an Apple iPhone, and much more!Check out the full recap of the evening here.

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Disecting Strobe FX

Hello all you LED inventors I have a few questions for you....One of My Favorite LED toys ever is the Stobe FX LED wand(which they dont make anymore) they used to be ten bux each NOW they are like 75 a pair on EBAY....What I would like to do if possible is collaborate with some one that knows electronics and might beable to hel me recreate the effect but Modify it for durability...The wand has 30 mode and 2 buttons one turns it one and one changes the color 15 original modes but if you hold the CHANGE button it send orignal into slowest too fastest mode...I have some "dead" soliders that I can use for "POI" like to practice my FIRE arts.. Neighborly Yours Dave myspace.com/hrdcr4lf

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led light art

These are some of the pictures I took when inspired by the light wand Instructable. i used long exposur photography on my little PowerShot A570 IS camera. I'd love to see what some other people have done too. Tell me what you think and show me some of yours as well.

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Pressure Washer Hotsy No Worky

Hotsy Shark No manual. No model number visible. Water from the hose goes thru it, but turning it  on adds no additional pressure to the wand. One can hear it rev, and see the pressure guage rise very briefly about 1ce a second. Any idea how to make it work?

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A few pictures from the Instructables Show and Tell

The Instructables Show and Tell was awesome! We'll do a complete round up a little later, but for now here are a few pictures.Tetranitrate set off a giant match, we made a whole bunch of Harry Potter wands, laser-etched an Apple iPhone, and much more!I've posted a complete recap of the evening here.

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DIY bottle filler for lotions and cremes

This will show up in homebrewing but that's not exactly what I'm wanting to do. It's the only thing close to what I'm doing so that's the category it fell into. Sorry. I want to make a multi bottle filler to fill 12 - 2 oz to 6 oz bottles of skin moisturizer and or sun tan oils and lotions.   I'm thinking something like a five gallon bucket with an air nipple to pressurize the bucket and force the liqud lotion down into the bottles through a tree with multiple filler tubes. I included a picture for something similar but it's got filler wands for beer and I don't think that will work with thicker lotions.  If I saw a plan, that would be cool. I think I'm on the right track but haven't figured out how to seal the bucket and control the output of the lotion. Needs a cutoff valve that can be adjusted. Suggestions, comments or something similar or a completed DIY would be great. 

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Embedded video bug

I updated a video in my I'ble for the EL wire contest judging period. Now the video is gone and alas, I am not a finalist! Sadness :-( Whether or not the video had to do with the judging, it looks like embedded videos are not displaying from Vimeo. I tried a couple times with a couple videos and none will display in my published I'ble. (https://www.instructables.com/id/EL-Levitation-Wand/). Thought you'd like to know.

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Banana Split on a Stick, Bamboo Bicycle, Cardboard Coffee Table

  Banana Split on a Stick Bamboo Bicycle Cardboard Coffee Table String Art Necklace Oatmeal Pancake Perforated Pizza Peel Stargate Gong Build a One Sheet Boat Machine Your Own Guitar Lacy Un-Mentionables EL Levitation Wand Exploded Photo Collage Install a Bamboo Floor Easy Bike Trailer Hitch Survive Zombies with Tea

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why i get this when i try to plate with nickel solution? Answered

Hi guys, I try to plate with nickel solution and all i get is a nasty black-green (corosive) colour and all that bubbles in nickel solution and that foam. And the wand i use is stainless steel. The solution is brought from a uk plating company and i don't think have something bad. please see attacked images and please give me an answer. thank you.

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Mutant Baby Costume, DIY Lightsaber, Silent Hill Nurse Costume

Mutant Baby Costume DIY Lightsaber Silent Hill Nurse Costume Easy Catwoman Costume Cardboard Armor Predator Latex Mask Make Angel Wings Iron Man Arc Reactor Mad Hatter Hat Christmas Story Bunny Costume Harry Potter Wand Kids Link Costume Spooky Tesla Radio KISS Costume Simple Toilet Paper Costume

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Pro woodworker seeks advice fro a machinist - I think?

So, I have 5 young nephews (5 - 12) that are super into Harry Potter. I want to make them individual, unique wands for Christmas. Not so much “traditional” HP style wands, but ones geared to each of their individual personalities. I am highly skilled with (and own) all major wood working hand tools and stationary tools, except (crucially) a lathe. Plus a lot of basic metal working tools. The goal - I would like to build a lathe like appliance, that would hold small wand sized branches / sticks, and execute assorted procedures on the branch... 1st - allow me to turn the workpiece at variable speeds (because most will not be straight). A sliding router jig would allow me to rough round theme most irregular pieces at a low lathe spin rate. I’m not so worried about achieving this goal. 2nd - I need one mandrel to be lockable (so I can inlay details with my router, for example). 3rd - I need to be able to INDEX and LOCK the mandrel at least at 6 to 12 positions (or 60 degree to 30 degree positions) - preferably the 12 position so I can make 90 degree faces, too). Unlimited stop options would be ideal, of course. This allows me to create all kinds of faceted surfaces and textures with different bits or tools. So, the obvious answer is go buy a wood lathe with an indexable and lockable mandrel. But I can’t find a cheap one, and I am a touch cash poor right now. I assume there must be a machinist mandrel head that will index like I’m describing, that I could build into my homemade appliance and power with a variable speed motor. But my main problem i have found is that I do not know the correct terminology. Any help? Thanks! Colin

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can we make a cheap alternative to wiimote with a webcam and a IR emmiter for PC controlling?

Hey guys, I've been wondering... if the Wiimote is basically an infrared camera with g-sensors and buttons that connects via bluetooth, and reads the IR light from a couple of leds... and knowing that any webcam can be modded to become an IR-only cam.... and that with the use of simple IR leds and a wiimote you can make a smart whiteboard.... would it be possible to somehow develop a way to use a modded IR webcam and a handheld IR emmiter -like a wand- to perform like a mouse-like controller for your PC?

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Instructables Halloween Party with Autodesk and Techshop

 **UPDATE**   The party is now on Monday, October 29th from 3-6 pm     Trick or Treat, robots! This Halloween season, we're teaming up with Autodesk and TechShop to throw a boo-tastic DIY bash - and you're invited! The party will be on Tuesday October 23, from 3-6 pm. We'll be playing around with 3D printers, taking spooky pictures, making candy wands, perfecting our zombie makeup, and plenty more! If you're in the Bay Area and want to join in on the fun, please RSVP here: autodesk@theoutcastagency.com  Looking forward to seeing you there! 

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Gift Exchanger

My skills include: Simple sewing, mad creativity, problem-solving. What I'd like to make for someone: I'd love to make someone a rig for spinning (e.g. poi, wand, or staff) I'd be willing to make this size gift package for someone (choose all that apply): if "size" means "budget" i would say small. if "size" means "physical size", any of the above. I'd be willing to receive a smaller or larger size gift package from someone than the one I make for someone else: Why sure! What I like: I love to spin poi (regular, LED and fire) and the wand, make music, eat, snuggle, dress up in costumes, swim and camp. This year will be my first trip to Burning Man so I'm spending a lot of time making things for that right now. What I don't like: Arduino-type robot stuff just goes over my head. I absolutely can't have: hmmm... not sure much applies here as I live in a reasonably-sized no-pets apartment with a backyard. BUT I don't drive so nothing car-related (bike related is fine and welcome!) Type of thing I'd love to receive: something fun for the playa, a cool costume piece, anything steampunk, fire-spinning equipment.... but really i'm not picky, sky's the limit. Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country? Yes, but I'd rather not... money's tight. Confirm that are at least 18 years old or, if not, that you have the approval of a parent or guardian: yep

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Harry Potter Challenge Winners

The Instructables Daily Prophet is happy to report that Voldemort is officially dead!The Ministry thanks Muggle DIY enthusiasts for contributing these projects to the war effort. Constant vigilance!First Prize: Page ViewsWinner receives a robot t-shirt and a dragon-engraved1 plaque with the Hogwarts Crest. Use Spells to Control Your Computer! by technick29First Prize: RatingsWinner receives a robot t-shirt and a dragon-engraved1 plaque with the Hogwarts Crest. Make an awesome Harry Potter wand from a sheet of paper and glue gun glue or A really magic Harry Potter wand for Lumos and Reveal Your Secrets charms by KaptinScarletRunners Up: RatingsWinners receive a robot t-shirt.Easy Harry Potter Scarf by keggo24Harry Potter: Make a Death Eater Mask! or Harry Potter: Henna a Dark Mark by grimsqueakerMake a Ministry of Magic memo (owl airplane) by shangrilarcadiaHalf Hour Harry Hat by RobyntheslugRandom Prize:Winner receives a robot t-shirt and a dragon-engraved1 plaque with the Hogwarts Crest. Harry Potter House Skirt by wolfybrieWinners, check your Instructables inboxes tomorrow- I'll send prize claim information via private message!KaptinScarlet and grimsqueaker each had two projects that fell in successive rank order, so I've listed them both for completeness. They only get one prize, so the additional projects are just listed for your amusement. Do you have a suggestion for the next speed contest? Tell me all about it here. 1 where dragon = laser. What will those Muggles think up next?

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Use car radiators for solar collectors. Any advice?

I have salvaged 2 car radiators, they aren't leaky. I want to use them for active closed loop solar collectors. Any advice? My current plan is to put them on the roof (in a hot box), then plumb them into an old water heater in the attic. My hope is they can recirculate glycol in a closed loop, convection only, but I may need to install a thermostat and pump. Anyone have experience in this? I want to dump the heat to my 2 water heaters in the basement (they are plumbed in tandem, so I can use the 1st tank for solar boost and 2nd tank for final temperature control). Heat exchangers: either the Butler Solar Wand, or Brazed Plate Heat Exchanger (single or parallel). Differential Temperature Controller from www.jc-solarhomes.com. Any advice or suggestions hugely welcome. thanks in advance, Chris

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Homemade hydro excavator?

I recently stumbled onto a website that sold a special hose and powerhead that allowed a typical pressure washer to be used as a sewer jetter (unclogging sewer lines).  I was blown away.  So simple.  Pure genius. Then it occurred to me:   A standard pressure washer could be used as part of homemade hydro excavator -- a digging tool that liquefies soil and removes it with a vacuum.  These machines can excavate around pipes without damage and make surgical-style incisions in the earth. Very precise. Very fast.  Factory made hydro excavators are *very* expensive and they typically rent for $350.00+ per day.   To turn a pressure washer into a hydro excavator, you'd need an economical homebuilt vacuum tank to suck up the liquefied soil and a vacuum hose attachment for the wand.  The excavated liquefied soil is very heavy -- so weight considerations and spoil removal are engineering issues to work on. So ..... anyone know how to build an economical vacuum tank?  

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Show & Tell with Build Night: Friday, 20 July 6:30pm

Didn't win a laser cutter? No worries- bring your phone, ipod, or MacBook and use ours! We're holding another Show & Tell here at Instructables HQ! The event kicks off with snacks and Build Night demos from 6:30-8, featuring some of the people you've seen around the site. We'll start the regular Show & Tell session at about 8:15, and if time permits give some control tower tours!Make sure to bring something to show off for the Show & Tell, or some food or drink to share with the crowd! Show us something you've made or a neat trick you've learned, tell us something neat about your research, or anything else quick and awesome you'd like to share.This is an extremely kid-friendly event, so bring the whole family!Build Night Demos:Lasercutting with ewilhelmBring something to laser-engrave! Plastic, wood, leather, and anodized metals work well.Wooden Puzzles with lkrasnowCome play with Lee's fantastic wooden puzzles, and check out his website.Stencils with fungus amungus and noahwBring your own t-shirt, and a pre-cut stencil or some great ideas! They've got ink and tools.Harry Potter wands with canidaHeading out to the midnight book release? You'll need a wand!Marshmallow Shooters with intoonBuild your own marshmallow shooter with the Howtoons interns! Ammo provided!Core Memory with Mark RichardsCheck out Mark's fantastic photographs of vintage computers, and get a signed copy of the book!Homemade Ice cream with AndreaHelp churn your own ice cream in Andrea's classic hand-crank machine!Schedule6:30-8pm Build Night Demos8:15-9:30pm Show & TellLocation: Instructables, 2175 Monarch St, Alameda, CANote that the mapping programs don't get our location exactly right. We're in the control tower at the old Alameda naval air base.Directions here that work best when coupled with the map of the base. I'll see about updating them; in the meantime, PM me if you've got any questions.

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June is "I Made It" Challenge Month! Win a Pro Membership!

Attention! This contest has ended. Thanks to all the winners and to all the people who make projects off of the site! June is "I Made It" Challenge Month! Every day in June, Instructables is giving away a 3 month pro membership to one lucky user who has made the project described in an Instructable, and posted a photo of their version in the comments or someone who has posted a slideshow of their version of an Instructable. Why?  Because authors love to see their creations given new life!  There's nothing better than seeing how someone else followed your Instructable and made something awesome.  And if you try out a project, this is a great way to share what worked for you, and what work-arounds or changes you made.  Instructables is all about sharing your knowledge, so we'd like to reward you for taking the extra effort to show everyone what you've done. How do I win? It's easy - we randomly pick one winner each day from "I Made It" comments left on original Instructables or slideshows posted around the site. Have you already posted your version of an Instructable in comments or in a slideshow?  Have you seen some really great examples someone else has posted?  Link it here to be sure we've got it on our list!  The challenge starts on June 1, so if you haven't already left an "I Made It!" comment or posted a slideshow, you've got more than a full month to make something from the site.  Linking to your version here isn't necessary, but means we won't accidentally miss it. I'll randomly pick one winner each day, and post the link here for you to check out.  If you win, we'll send your coupon via PM within a couple of days. Good luck and happy "I Made It" Challenge Month! Winners: June 1st: Nickodemus for Make a Tree from Jewelry Wire June 2nd: EVM for Personalized Guess Who June 3rd: jmeowmeow for Checkpoint Charlie Hat June 4th: Geekmandude for Pocket Drunken Robot June 5th: warrnie7 for 5-minute Chocolate Cake June 6th: Mary GaGo for How to Create a Money Lei June 7th: Timothymh for Genuine chainmaille from pop tabs June 8th: HarreBar for Twisted Spoke Bicycle Wheel Lacing June 9th: Thoraxe for Quality Duct Tape Wallet June 10th: Owl Box  for Treadmill Desk June 11th: rillianswillow for Sew A Where The Wild Things Are Hat June 12th: andydrumer12  for Invisible Book Shelf June 13th: shobley for Twitter Mood Light June 14th: Kirbsome! for LED Throwies June 15th: shadowman2 for Marshmallow Gun June 16th: janamorrisova for TuTu Crazy June 17th: Hoaxinmi for Liquor Lamp June 18th: Loox for Harry Potter Wands June 19th: garette10 for Harry Potter Wands June 20th: violetkitty for Harry Potter Wands June 21st: dsaavedra for How to make playdough June 22nd: Quazakafor for USB Hard Drive June 23rd: Tyman210 for  Circuit Board Wallet June 24th: Laxap for Fur Your Laptop June 25th: Jumbo Ninja for Cupcake Cones June 26th: NerdofSteel for 12v Battery Hack June 27th: nemaster203 for NES PC June 28th: bell017 for Bean Bag Sofa June 29th: fastback570 for Bike Painting Tips June 30th: Hivoltage for Concrete Countertops  

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Halloween Kids

Halloween is coming! It may still be a little bit in the future, but a truly great costume requires some planning, especially if you're going to be making it for a kid. To help you out, we've compiled a list of Halloween Instructables that can be used for a kid's costume. Be sure to check them all out.Make something awesome, document it, and be sure to enter it into our DIY Halloween Contest!Also see: Halloween Pumpkin Carving Halloween Costumes Halloween Decorations Halloween Makeup Halloween Party Halloween Masks Toddler Flintstone Car by lemaster63 A total Instructables classic, this describes the process of making a Flintstones car to go with Pebbles and Bambam outifts. Make a pirate eye patch for your kids by hobbyman.se Every pirate outfit needs an eyepatch and with a small project like this the kids cen help make it as well! How to make a superhero cape! by jessyratfink Want to be a Marvel superhero or maybe your own invented superhero? Then you're probably going to need a cape so read this and start making one today! How to make a child skunk costume by Honus This skunk outfit was made to introduce an Instructablers' son to the spirit of Halloween. He must've loved it because he had another cool outfit the next year as well. Giant Toothbrush by caitlinsdad This huge toothbrush goes along with a dentist outfit, but you can use these ideas to make any other huge prop you want. Almost any costume is improved with a cool prop to hold. Kid's Obi Wan Costume by CementTruck Show off your young one's connection with The Force by creating a custom Jedi outfit. You probably won't even have to buy much new material. How to Make a Chicken Costume by bethaldridge Turn the kids into chicks for Halloween and then give them a ride in a cart for some cute overload. Make an awesome Harry Potter wand from a sheet of paper and glue gun glue by KaptinScarlet Another classic Instructable, you can easily make your own custom wand for a Harry Potter outfit. It's so simple you'll probably end up making a bunch. Expelliarmus! How to Make a Pucca Costume by kawaiicrafter A dead simple outfit with great results. Turn your kid into an animated character for a day! How to Make a Naruto Style Headband by laminterious Turn a soda can into a nice shiny headband. You can copy the Naruto design or make up your own.

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(newsletter) EyeWriter, Remote-Control Lawnmower, Roof Coffee Cup

Sign-up for this newsletter: Welcome back! New: Homemade Holidays Contest - Make some holiday magic! Share your holiday projects and win an electronics-controlling Kymera magic wand or some custom 3D-printed sculptures from Shapeways! As the nights get longer, stay visible for the Light Up the Night! Contest. Win some cool clothes from Cordarounds with secret reflective powers! Help choose Arduino Contest finalists. Vote now! Starting this weekend: Homemade Holidays Food Contest - Share your tasty recipes! Want a more convenient version of Instructables with fewer ads? Get a Pro Membership! $6 Macro Tilt Lens Eggnog Recipe Remote-Control Lawnmower Illustrated Turducken Recipe Put the magic back in your holidays! The EyeWriter Waffled Pizza Pockets Arduino RFID Door Lock Walking Stick Storage Compartment Plastic Bottle-Legged Bed Arduino Laser Tag Use 35mm Film in a Box Camera Ethernet RJ-45 UTP Cable Tester Build Your Own 8/16-bit Sculptures! Buffalo Wings Recipe Gene Simmons Destroyer Costume Roof Coffee Cup Instructables.com - 82 2nd St. - San Francisco, CA Sign-up for this newsletter:

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(newsletter) Touch Screen Glove, Break Board with Your Hands, In-wall USB Charger

  Art | Craft | Food | Games | Green | Home | Kids | Life | Music | Offbeat | Outdoors | Pets | Photo | Ride | Science | Tech Merry Contest-mas! We're celebrating the holiday season with a slew of great contests! New: show off your best drink in the Cocktails vs. Mocktails Contest, and win sweet prizes from Think Geek! Continuing: Enter your food, presents, or decorations in the Homemade Holidays and Holiday Food contests, and win a Kymera magic wand, Shapeways gift certificates, a food processor, fruit-pickers, and Instructables Pro memberships! And coming soon: a Gingerbread House Slideshow Contest! In-wall USB Charger Wood Pendant Necklace Candied Buddha's Hand Citron Gaming Coffee Table Make a Glove Work With a Touch Screen Electric Scooter Pushed by a Monkey Chocolate Pie Board Breaking Make Your Own Springs in Seconds Bookcase Door Bathroom Status Indicator Lights Duct Tape Hoodie Message in a Bottle Key Ring Wooden Induction Charger Secret Knock Detecting Door Lock Industrial Style Media Shelves Guides Gift Wrapping Ideas Solar Panels for Your Home Halloween Contest Winners Arduino Contest Winners Instructables.com - 82 2nd St. - San Francisco, CA

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(newsletter) Pallet Playhouse, Solar-Powered Coffee Cup, Creature Scarf

Art | Craft | Food | Games | Green | Home | Kids | Life | Music | Offbeat | Outdoors | Pets | Photo | Ride | Science | Tech It's beginning to look like make-mas! There are only two weekends left to make holiday decorations, food, and gifts for friends and family. Have fun finishing your projects, and don't forget to take pictures to enter our awesome holiday contests. Gifts and decorations: Enter the Homemade Holidays Contest, and win a Kymera magic wand, Shapeways gift certificates, and Instructables Pro memberships! Food: Cook up something amazing for the Holiday Food Contest to win a food processor or enter your architectural wonder in the Gingerbread House Slideshow Contest to win an Instructables Pro membership. Drinks: Whether you like your drinks strong or kid-friendly, enter them in the Cocktails vs. Mocktails Contest and win sweet prizes from Think Geek! Creature Scarf Animated Christmas Package Pallet Playhouse Bench-mounted Router Table Time Capsule Gift Box Candy Cane Chocolate Popcorn Multi-tier Floating Shoe Rack Illuminated LED Eye Loupe Surprise Rumbling Box Tennis Can LED Lantern Great Artist Warm Up Exercise USB Solar Charger in a Coffee Cup Peanut Butter Chocolate Pizza Christmas Window Lighting Frames Homemade Tauntaun Sleeping Bag Chocolate Peppermint Bark Guides Digital Picture Frame Gifts Easy Dessert Recipes Manly Craft Gifts Christmas Tree Decorations

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DADCANDO: Kaptin Scarlet's book is out!

I just had the chance to read the new Dadcando book from Kaptin Scarlet, aka father-of-four Chris Barnardo who runs dadcando.com.   The book is absolutely excellent, which will come as no surprise to anyone who has seen his carefully-crafted Instructables.  All of the projects are creative, inexpensive, well-documented, accessible, and most importantly, they look like fun.  The  I was quite taken by the Waves and Wheels section (that little submarine will be making an appearance in my daughter's bath soon!) and even the science and Advanced projects are quite doable for even a novice DIY dad. But Barnardo shines when he turns his glue gun and paints to the fantastic.  Written in the voice of his Kaptin Scarlet persona, the Great Adventures chapter describes how to make a wizard's wand, a feather quill and magical ink pot, and dragon-hunters goggles.  The projects simply ooze creativity, and look good enough to support hours of imaginary play. The book is peppered with wise advice for the single or divorced, non-custodial parent who wants to stay engaged in his children's lives without succumbing to the usual pitfalls of consumerist overindulgence or disconnection.  The tips are universally applicable without seeming preachy, and provide lots of encouragement to get away from the computer and do something with your kids.  In short, Dadcando is brilliant.  It's the perfect Father's Day gift, or general-purpose inspirational gift for anyone you know with kids.  I really can't recommend this book highly enough, and will be sending copies to friends and family as soon as it's available in the states! Dadcando at amazon.co.uk (available now) Dadcando at amazon.com (available July 5)

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(newsletter) Star Wars Secret Door, Laptop Stand, LED Tutu

  Art | Craft | Food | Games | Green | Home | Kids | Life | Music | Offbeat | Outdoors | Pets | Photo | Ride | Science | Tech Have a Homemade Holiday There's just over a week left to make holiday decorations, food, and gifts for friends and family. Have fun finishing your projects, and don't forget to take pictures to enter our awesome holiday contests! Food: Cook up something amazing for the Holiday Food Contest to win a food processor or enter your architectural wonder in the Gingerbread House Slideshow Contest to win an Instructables Pro membership. Both contests end this Sunday! Gifts and decorations: Enter the Homemade Holidays Contest, and win a Kymera magic wand, Shapeways gift certificates, and Instructables Pro memberships! Drinks: Whether you like your drinks strong or kid-friendly, enter them in the Cocktails vs. Mocktails Contest and win sweet prizes from ThinkGeek! Easy Chocolate Truffles LED Holiday TuTu Xbox Millennium Falcon Mod Handsome Wooden Walking Stick Book That Can Only be Opened Once Bookcase Door / Han in Carbonite Cinnamon Roasted Almonds Sunrise and Sunset Lamp with LEDs Christmas Story Bunny Costume Ice-Worm Cocktail Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Eiffel Tower in Gingerbread Sleek Laptop Stand Sword-hilted Broken-back Seax Mana Mocktail Zoltar Speaks Costume Guides Light Up the Night! Contest Winners Gift Ideas for Women Easy Cookie Recipes Gift Ideas for Men Instructables.com - 82 2nd St. - San Francisco, CA

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Official Instructables UK Meet Up - October 30th 2010

Jayefuu and I are planning to run the second Instructables UK Meet Up. We did not publicise the first meet up too much, as with it being the first one we wanted to take things easy. Now with a little more confidence, I think a forum topic inviting anyone interested to come along is perfectly suited. We plan to have a electronics based meet up, but some of the attendees are planning to bring along other projects, so you would be more than welcome to bring along something you are currently working on, or a few projects you would like to show off! The planned date for the meet up is Saturday the 30th October.  We will start off nice and early at 10am, and keep making through the afternoon, and into the evening, aiming to finish up around about 7pm. If you are turning up late, or leaving early, that's fine, we want to keep things fairly loose. We are holding the event in my local town of Alfreton, Derbyshire. Attached are a few maps showing alfreton, and also the Hall where we are hosting the meet up. The name of the place we are using is New Life Church, street view of the church is attached also. (if you want further travel directions, or help with accommodation just comment or PM) Anyone who is planning to come along, if you could comment below, or PM me. I need to get a good idea of numbers in order to plan accordingly! We plan to arrange to provide lunch, and will make decisions about dinner depending on turn out (we may just order in some fish and chips). To help cover costs we are asking for £5 for the day, this will include the cost of lunch, drinks and other general costs.  Thanks to Lizzy, and Steve, we should have a few kits to play with also. Listing those here so people can think what they might do. If you want to put your name down for a specific kit, just leave a comment below. Name  AMPLIFIER PROJECT KIT (PACK OF 5)  - £13.98 (2.70ish each) VELLEMAN FLASHING LED SWEETHEART KIT -  £5.58 VELLEMAN ROULETTE KIT - £11.10 MOBILE PHONE OPERATED SWITCH - £8.17 VELLEMAN SHAKING DICE KIT - £8.99 Reserved for Lemonie - VOICE CHANGER KIT RC - £10.52 POV WAND PROJECT KIT - £6.29 I am still hoping to source some drawdio kits, but thats harder than it sounds in the UK! I look forward to hearing from you! Jake - gmjhowe

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Top 50 Instructables of 2007 Ranked by Number of Comments

This is the second in a series of data-analysis posts. Check out the first here. I love statistics, analysis, and raw data and so thought I'd share some of the really cool stuff with you. Thanks to trebuchet03 for helping with this and actually crafting the queries. Here are the Instructables published in 2007 with the greatest number of comments (I know the year isn't over yet, but we're close enough):1. Laser Flashlight Hack!! - 1,2292. Shutdown Your School! - 5003. morretti SR-4 knex recon kit - 4994. GORKEM'S KNEX SNIPER RIFLE - 3925. XW30K 8-1/2 cm shot Shifle - 3586. Easy to Build Desk Top 3 Axis CNC Milling Machine - 3497. Knex Sniper Rifle - 3398. K'nex pump action rifle code:OSNJCKMA2 - 3149. 25MM Pneumatic Sniper Rifle - 31210. mepain's sniper rifle - 30911. Invisible Book Shelf - 28612. Barbie Doll Electric Chair Science Fair Project! - 28213. knex rifle - 27914. Make an awesome Harry Potter wand from a sheet of paper and glue gun glue - 27015. Mouse Mouse! - 25616. The VORTEX - 23317. FREE Hidden Electricity! - 22518. Mykhailo's L96 - 22519. Gorkems K'nex Sniper Gun (The same gun as the origional, just easiyer to follow instructions) - 22120. Match Rocket - 21421. [https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-softmod-your-xbox...for-FREE How to softmod your xbox...for FREE] - 21422. The Ice Bulb - 21323. Opening up a coke machine - 21024. How to Make a Three Axis CNC Machine (Cheaply and Easily) - 20725. How to perform your own Tongue Bifurcation - 20726. $5 Mini USB Fridge! - 20227. How to make a great Knex weapon Instructable - 20128. Laser Cutter Contest Update: Fewer Rules, More Time! - 19629. The K'nexecutioner 1.02 - 19430. How to get some revenge on the credit companies - 19431. Homemade Infrared Goggles! For Under $10 - 19332. Fake Virus!!! - 19233. semi automatic knex pistol - 19034. Creating a 3D effect with image editing software (GIMP or Photoshop) - 18935. Exploding Salt Explosives from Salt - 18936. Polyphasic Sleep - 18837. huge knex crossbow - 18538. Blu-Ray Laser Phaser! - 18239. How to Build a Robot - The BeetleBot - 18240. How to Clean Your Sinuses - 18141. Instructable: Keyboard System - 18042. How to roll a Joint ! (if you dont like it don't read it !!) - 17843. Red Impact - Perfect Duck's K'nex gun. - 17844. K'nex FN2000 - 17545. Knex Switchblade (Now Improved) - 17046. Ultimate Guide to Making a Cheap but Effective Aluminium Forge. - 16847. Be an Aeronautical Scientist: Make your Own Jet Engine for a few Pennies. - 16748. the desert buzzard knex gun - 16549. Danny's knex m4 carbine working modle - 16550. Using Paper, Resin, and Fiberglass to be the Master Chief! - 164

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